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The Urology Group removing barriers, to provide free prostate cancer screening to first responders

The Urology Group will conduct a free prostate cancer screening on Wednesday for all Northern Kentucky firefighters and other first responders. The Urology Group, which has an office in Crestview Hills, wants to help first responders catch prostate cancer early, providing more time and treatment options for men.  The screening will be held April 26, 1–4 p.m. at the Edgewood Fire and EMS Department....

Kroger and Freestore Foodbank to host Food Rescue Challenge and hunger relief conversation

Teams of local restaurant chefs and Cincinnati COOKS! students, community and government leaders, and other local hunger relief agencies will participate in a Food Rescue Challenge and hunger relief conversation on Tuesday, April 25. The event will take place in two segments: 2 p.m. – Food Waste Challenge, The Rosenthal Community Kitchen inside the Freestore Foodbank at 1141 Central Parkway. Fresh...

Kentucky State Police teams with DEA for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29

The Kentucky State Police is teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to encourage citizens to remove potentially dangerous medicines from their homes and dispose of them safely as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29, 2017. “Prescription medications play an important role in the health of millions of Americans,” says KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders. “However, leftover...

Mild winter downside: More hungry ticks than usual seeking their blood meal; check yourself out

NkyTribune staff A mild winter can have its downsides and one is that more ticks probably survived than normal. As a result, more hungry ticks are out earlier than usual, according to Lee Townsend, extension entomologist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Typically, warm weather brings ticks out of hiding to find the blood meal they need to continue their life...

Study says only way to protect children from nicotine exposure is to not smoke in house — or quit

Children carry significant levels of nicotine on their hands even if their parents don’t smoke around them, according to a recent study by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and San Diego State University. “Parents may think that not smoking around their child is enough, but this is not the case. These findings emphasize that the only safe way to protect children from smoke...

Labor Cabinet, Health and Safety Network to host Safety and Health Conference in Covington

Co-hosted by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and the Kentucky Health and Safety Network, Inc., the 33rd annual Governor’s Safety and Health Conference will be held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center from May 8 – 12. This year will mark the first time that the conference has been held in northern Kentucky. The Conference brings together occupational safety and health professionals from the...

Ashland set to acquire leading provider for health and wellness industries Pharmachem Labs

Ashland Global Holdings Inc. announced Monday that its subsidiary has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately owned Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc., a leading provider of quality ingredients to the global health and wellness industries and high-value differentiated products to fragrance and flavor houses. Under terms of the stock purchase agreement, Ashland will pay $660 million in an all-cash...

SmartHealthToday: World Health Organization focuses on preventing and treating depression

By Shelly Reese SmartHealthToday Because depression is ubiquitous, debilitating and – at its worst – deadly, the World Health Organization is engaging in a year-long campaign focused on educating people about depression and how to seek help for the condition. Depression is an illness that can happen to anybody. The mental anguish it causes can profoundly impair a person’s ability to carry out...

LifeCenter Organ Donor Network, St. E. Healthcare honor organ donors and their families at flag raising

In partnership with the LifeCenter Organ Donor Network, St. Elizabeth Healthcare honored organ donors and their families during National Donate Life Month at the St. Elizabeth Technology Education Center (SETEC). Norm Milligan and Bernadette Oberrecht raise the flag at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center to honor organ donors and their families. The Donate Life flag raising ceremony brought...

SmartHealthToday: Her cornea transplant surgery restored her vision — things are more in focus

SmartHealthToday Team When Cathy Hudson sets out this spring with her husband to hit some of the country’s most savory barbecue competitions, she’ll see the world with new eyes – literally. That’s because she recently restored her vision through cornea transplant surgery. “It feels like everything is in high-def now,” Hudson marveled. “It was just tissue donation, but it changed my life.” Hudson’s...

St. Elizabeth Edgewood receives an A for patient safety in Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign letter grades to hospitals nationwide. St. Elizabeth Edgewood was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients. This is...

With encouragement from the feds, Kentucky schools focused more on healthy foods, less junk

Sugary drinks, fatty snacks and chocolate candy are becoming harder to buy in Kentucky schools, which are paying more attention to health issues, according to the latest survey by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC’s latest biennial School Health Profiles for 2014 found big declines in the availability of junk food since 2014. Here are the specifics: — Chocolate...

Seat-belt use in Kentucky about the same as national average; Kenton and Boone above average

Only two Kentucky counties, Boone and Kenton, used seat belts at the national average or above in 2012, according to the latest local data available from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an ongoing poll by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A county-level map from The Washington Post using data from 2012 shows Boone and Kenton counties in yellow, meaning their seat-belt...

Kentucky hospitals struggling to find enough nurses; colleges working toward finding solutions

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News While studies show Kentucky will have a surplus of registered nurses in the next decade, right now many of the state’s hospitals are struggling to hire enough nurses to care for patients. “I am hoping this is cyclical,” said Susan Ellis, the vice president of Patient Care Services at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. “But...

New Health and Family Services program KY-Moms focuses on substance use by pregnant women

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is building on its collaboration with social services organizations and community partners to provide pregnant and parenting women with the education, guidance, and coordination of services needed to reach substance use recovery goals. KY-Moms provides prevention and case management services for mothers at risk of developing substance use disorders. “Many...